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Can a Denomination or a Religious Body Ever Claim Theirs is the True Church

Can a Denomination or a Religious Body Ever Claim Theirs is the True Church

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Can A Denomination or a ReligiousBody Ever Claim Theirs is the TrueChurch?
byabuGian[Updated: Dec. 29, 2003; May 21, 2007]You see, the true Church is invisible[*]and universal it is not bounded by wallsor by geography (Eph. 1:10, 22-23;5:23, 27, 32; Col. 1:18). For example, anewly regenerated Christian in New Yorkis supernaturally placed by the HolySpirit in this universal and invisible bodyof Christ, but it seems that he belongsto, say,
Times Square Church
, a localcongregation there, or shall we say avisible church[**] where he got bornagain.Meanwhile in another part of the world,in the Philippines somewhere up North,in
Labrador Christian Fellowship
, inanother visible church, another person isborn-again, the Holy Spirit immediatelyenjoin him to that invisible and universalBody of Christ, although to him it seemshe belongs to that local congregation orto that visible church. In the spiritualrealm this guy in Pangasinan and thisguy in New York are brothers in the Lord,united by one Spirit in one invisible anduniversal Church, since they are one inSpirit they are one in the essentialdoctrines of the faith and these are: the
 
Trinity, salvation by grace through faith,etc.There will be at times disagreement inminor doctrines but when they meet inthe presence of God these minordifferences disappear. Such is the casefor the visible church,
The Westminster Confession of Faith
, Chapter XXV, Of theChurch, says:The purest churches under heaven aresubject both to mixture and error [I Cor.13:12; Rev. ch. 2-3; Matt. 13:24-30,47]; and some have so degenerated, asto become no churches of Christ, butsynagogues of Satan[Matt. 23:37-39;Rom. 11:18-22]. Nevertheless, thereshall be always a church on earth, toworship God according to his will.[Matt.16:18; Psa. 45:16-7; 72:17; Matt.28:19-20; I Cor. 15:51-52; I Thess.4:17]Now going back to
Times Square Church
in New York, it is a big congregation andthere are many attendees. Evenunregenerates go there, but though theyseem to be part of that localcongregation in the spiritual realm theyare not part of the invisible and universalBody of Christ for, not being a born-againperson, they are not made to drink thesame Spirit. They are just enlightenedperhaps by the Pastor who speaks sowell or the praise and worship that is sodynamic.

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